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Alumni duo New Morse Code receives grant from Chamber Music America

New Morse Code

New Morse Code

The cello/percussion duo New Morse Code has been awarded a 2014 Classical Commissioning Grant from Chamber Music America. The duo — made up of percussionist Michael Compitello ’09MM, ’12MMA and cellist Hannah Collins ’08MM, ’09AD — will work with composer Christopher Stark on a new piece for cello, percussion, and electronics.

The grant will support the creation of this new piece, which will be premiered in the 2015–2016 season. Called The Language of Landscapes, Stark’s composition will leverage the unique sonic terrain of cello and percussion—transforming real and imagined landscapes into compelling musical spaces.

The journey created in the piece will begin with Michael’s Southwest desert home, traveling through the deciduous hills of upstate New York (Hannah’s home) and finally towards the wide sky of Christopher’s northern Rockies.

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Published October 1, 2014
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Andy Akiho ’11 MM wins ACO’s Underwood Emerging Composer Commission

akiho_h_webComposer Andy Akiho has been named the winner of the American Composers Orchestra’s 2014 Annual Underwood Emerging Composers Commission. Chosen from seven finalists during ACO’s 23rd annual Underwood New Music Readings in April, Akiho will receive $15,000 for a work to be premiered by ACO in a future season.

The Underwood Commission is one of the most coveted opportunities for emerging composers in the United States. Akiho won the prize with his work Tarnished Mirrors.

ACO music director George Manahan said, “When the musicians of ACO and I performed Andy Akiho’s Tarnished Mirrors, we discovered a work of intense pulse – music with syncopations, cross-rhythms, and metric modulations. His clarity of orchestration reflected a deep understanding of idiomatic writing for the individual instruments and an original palette of colors. We look forward to performing a new commissioned work of Andy’s next season.” MORE

Published September 10, 2014
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Marianna Prjevalskaya wins New Orleans International Piano Competition

prjevalskaya-webMarianna Prjevalskaya ’07MM, ’10AD won the gold medal in the 2014 New Orleans International Piano Competition. In addition to a $15,000 cash award, the prize includes opportunities including a recital at London’s Wigmore Hall and performance bookings with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Prjevalskaya was the first woman to win the competition since 2005, when Tanya Bannister ’01CERT took the gold. The jurors awarded Prjevalskaya the medal based on her work in three live performances during the weeklong competition, which took place in New Orleans. MORE

Published August 19, 2014
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Yale awards Honorary Doctor of Music degrees to Joseph Polisi, Ralph Stanley

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At Yale’s 313th Commencement Exercises on Monday, May 19, the University awarded honorary degrees to twelve “individuals who have achieved distinction in their fields.”

Among these awards were two Honorary Doctor of Music degrees, awarded to Joseph Polisi ’73MM ’75MMA ’80DMA, and Ralph Stanley. MORE

Published May 28, 2014
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Barbora Kolarova ’14MM, ’15AD wins second prize in International Artist Association Competition

kolarova_webViolinist Barbora Kolářová ’14MM, ’15AD was awarded second prize at the annual New York International Artist Association Competition. She will perform in the winners’ concert in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on June 7 of this year.

A native of the Czech Republic, Barbora Kolářová has appeared as a soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Czech Radio Symphony, Czech National Theatre Orchestra, West Bohemia Symphony Orchestra, and Limoges Orchestra. She recently performed Eleven Echoes of Autumn in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she also worked closely with the composer George Crumb. She has collaborated with Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo, Daniel Phillips, Jennifer Higdon, Leon Fleisher, Peter Wiley, and Pinchas Zukerman, as well as the Ying Quartet and Johannes Quartet. As an orchestra member, she has performed under Otto-Werner Mueller, Simon Rattle, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Alan Gilbert, and Robert Spano.

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Published April 29, 2014
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Christopher Cerrone ’10MMA named finalist for Pulitzer Prize

cerroneComposition graduate Christopher Cerrone ’10MMA was recently named as a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in music. John Luther Adams won the prize for his composition Become Ocean; the other finalist was John Adams, for The Gospel According to the Other Mary. 

Cerrone was recognized as a finalist for his opera Invisible Cities. The citation read, “A captivating opera based on a novel by Italo Calvino in which Marco Polo regales Kublai Khan with tales of fantastical cities, adapted into an imaginary sonic landscape.” MORE

Published April 21, 2014
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Michael Noble ’12 MM, ’14 MMA wins award to study in Belgium

noble_michaelPianist Michael Noble ’12 MM, ’14 MMA has been awarded a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation. Each year, the foundation awards up to eight fellowships worth $25,000 to enable the recipient to spend one year working, performing, or researching in Belgium. The fellowships are open to all fields.

Noble will spend next year in Ghent immersed in new music: he will work with the SPECTRA and Ictus new music ensembles, and will perform both solo and collaborative contemporary music.

 

Published April 21, 2014
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Yale School of Music alumni receive Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

Garth Neustadter '12MM

Garth Neustadter ’12MM

On March 31, 2014, the ASCAP Foundation announced the recipients of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. The program grants monetary awards to composers up to 30 years of age whose works are selected by a national jury.

Yale School of Music alumni and students Christopher Cerrone ’09MM, ’10MMA; Garth Neustadter ’12MM; Brendon Randall-Myers ’14MM; and Daniel Schlosberg ’10BA, ’13MM, ’14MMA received awards. They were among 27 composers selected from nearly 630 submissions. MORE

Published April 16, 2014
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Ted Hearne awarded New Voices residency

Hearne_TedYale School of Music alumnus Ted Hearne ’08 MM, ’09 MMA was named the third annual New Voices resident composer by the San Francisco Symphony, the New World Symphony, and the publishing company Boosey & Hawkes, which all co-sponsor the position.

As resident composer, Hearne will compose a chamber piece and a symphonic score to be workshopped by the New World Symphony, a training orchestra in Miami Beach directed by Michael Tilson Thomas, in the 2014–15 season. In 2015, the works will travel to the San Francisco Symphony, Mr. Thomas’ other orchestra, where they will be premiered. In addition, Hearne will work with Boosey & Hawkes in New York, taking part in what the company calls “all aspects of publishing.”

Hearne is known for his politically engaged compositions, such as The Katrina Ballads, a critique of the government response to Hurricane Katrina, and Ripple, based on the WikiLeaks scandal. He currently teaches composition at the University of Southern California. MORE

Published April 10, 2014
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